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Calendar of Events
Title
Date
Saturday, February 25, 2017
Time
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Description
You can visit with Library staff at Read in the Market, an event at Urbana's Lincoln Square in downtown Urbana. Enjoy a story on the Magic Reading Carpet, learn about programs, services, and what's new on the shelves.

Read in the Market is sponsored by The Urbana Free Library in collaboration with the Urbana Business Association.
Location
NONE
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Saturday, February 25, 2017
Time
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Description
Josie Heck will share relaxation and bonding exercises with moms and babies. Please bring a towel or blanket.

Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Saturday, February 25, 2017
Time
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Description
Do you wish you had a cool, artful backpack? Bring a clean backpack and Juana will help you turn it into a work of art. Art supplies will be provided.

For children in elementary school.
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Saturday, February 25, 2017
Time
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Description
Calling all kids! Join us on Saturday afternoons if you would like to learn to play chess or are looking for an opportunity to improve your skills.

For children ages 5 and up.
Location
Children's Services
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Sunday, February 26, 2017
Time
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Description
Come in costume and celebrate carnival with joyful Brazilian music, dance, crafts, and much more.

This program is co-sponsored by the Multicultural Program, a local non-profit organization.

For children of all ages and their families.
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Monday, February 27, 2017
Time
6:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Description
Come to this evening story time with stories, songs, and a craft!

For children ages 3-6 and their families.
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Saturday, March 04, 2017
Time
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Description
Read Across America has become one of the nation's largest reading events. All across the country, children and their families come together to hear stories, meet their favorite book characters, and participate in fun activities.

Join us at the Lincoln Square Mall in Urbana where staff from The Urbana Free Library will join the 17th Annual Read Across America Celebration. Come have some reading fun!

For families

For more information, visit the
Read Across American Champaign-Urbana Celebration Facebook page
.
Location
NONE
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Saturday, March 04, 2017
Time
11:15 AM - 11:45 AM
Description
Join All Score Urbana for a fun, family-friendly concert performed by Standard Rep bassoon quartet and harpist Molly O’Roark. Performing music composed by Urbana residents in monthly workshops, they will bring musical ideas to life with interactive activities led by composer Ralph Lewis.

Prairie Breezes concerts are generously sponsored by Peggy and Bob Podlasek in memory of Greg Bliss.
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Saturday, March 04, 2017
Time
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Description
Come learn about one of the largest groups of mammals on earth. Members of the Sears Lab at the University of Illinois will be on hand to share photos, videos, and hands-on activities.

For children ages 5 and up.
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Saturday, March 04, 2017
Time
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Description
Calling all kids! Join us on Saturday afternoons if you would like to learn to play chess or are looking for an opportunity to improve your skills.

For children ages 5 and up.
Location
Children's Services
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Friday, March 10, 2017
Time
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Description
Come one, come all to the Fairy Tale Ball!

Adventure and excitement await! Fairy tale lovers of all ages are invited to an evening of stories, crafts, games, and entertainment. Don your shiny suit of armor, sparkly ball gown, or dress like your favorite fairy tale character and join us for an evening of fantasy and frivolity.


Royal performers and activities include:


• Clothespin Puppets Show, 2nd Floor – 6:30 and 7:45 p.m.
• Royal Alchemist, Busey-Mills Reading Room, 1st Floor – 6:30 and 7:30 p.m.
• Knight School with Belegarth, Lewis Auditorium, Ground Floor – 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
• Dulcimer and Friends – music, MacFarlane-Hood Reading Room, 1st Floor – 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.




Roving performers:


• Joe Reichlin – Juggler, Storyteller, and Singer
• Madame Ruta – Fortune Teller
• Costumed Characters





Games, stories, and crafts:


• Royal Story Tents, 1st Floor
• Fairy Tale Trivia, 1st Floor
• Crafts – finger puppet stories, Ground Floor
• Games – Tiara Toss and Cinderella game, Ground Floor
• Foreign Language Story Reading – Chinese, Korean, Spanish, and more!, Ground Floor – 6:30, 7:00, 7:30, and 8:00 p.m.
• Enchanted Forest Scavenger Hunt, Fiction Area, 1st Floor
• Take a pause from the medieval mayhem in the Sleepy Hollow Room, Satterthwaite Conference Room, Ground Floor
• Making Memories – photo opportunity, Cafe Seating Area, 1st Floor
• If you wish the Royal Herald will announce your arrival as you enter the Ball, Green Street Entrance, Lobby
• Fairy Tale refreshments at Ye Old Library Cafe and Friends Book Shop, Cafe, 1st Floor




The Tenth Annual Fairy Tale Ball is generously sponsored by Fred Schlipf and Diane Hillard


Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Saturday, March 11, 2017
Time
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Description
Join us for this monthly drop-in program for all ages. Choose a game to play from the library's collection of board games for adults and families. We have some old classics like Go and Backgammon, as well as new favorites like deck-building Dominion and treasure-hunting Tobago. Never heard of 'em? No problem. We'll have staff and volunteers standing by to lead demonstrations of how to play. Grab a beverage at the cafe and spend an enjoyable afternoon playing games with friends at the library.
Location
The MacFarlane-Hood Reading Room (First Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Saturday, March 11, 2017
Time
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Description
Come with your children to listen the book’s storytelling in English and Spanish, enjoy traditional songs, and make a craft!

Vengan con sus niños a escuchar la narración del libro en inglés y español, disfrutar canciones tradicionales, y hacer una manualidad!

This program is presented by the Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies at the University of Illinois.

Presentado por el Centro de Estudios Latinoamericanos y Caribeños (CLACS), Universidad de Illinois.

For children of all ages and their families.
Location
Megan's Reading Room (Children's Services)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Saturday, March 11, 2017
Time
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Description
Calling all kids! Join us on Saturday afternoons if you would like to learn to play chess or are looking for an opportunity to improve your skills.

For children ages 5 and up.
Location
Children's Services
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Sunday, March 12, 2017
Time
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Description
Join us for a free recital series at the Library that will feature solo performances by some of the professional and student musicians of the Urbana Pops Orchestra.

Sunday, March 12
Christopher Raymond, bassoon

Sunday, April 9
Robin Kearton, viola with students from Community Center for the Arts


Co-sponsored by The Urbana Free Library and the Urbana Pops Orchestra


Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Saturday, March 18, 2017
Time
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Description
Calling all kids! Join us on Saturday afternoons if you would like to learn to play chess or are looking for an opportunity to improve your skills.

For children ages 5 and up.
Location
Children's Services
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Sunday, March 19, 2017
Time
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Description
Enjoy the sounds of young musicians from the Banks Bridgewater Lewis Fine Arts Academy. The academy serves students in elementary through high school focusing on musical skill building using jazz, gospel, and popular music. We'll hear from the BBL Intermediate Ensemble, the Mo' Betta Music Small Ensemble, and the BBL Vocal Ensemble. We will also be joined by Nathaniel C. Banks, co-director of the Academy.

For music lovers of all ages.

UFLive! concerts are generously sponsored by The Urbana Free Library Foundation and are scheduled on the third Sunday of most months.


Location
The Busey-Mills Reading Room (First Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Monday, March 20, 2017
Time
All Day - All Day
Description
Feeling creative? Come to the Library for our all day, drop-in craft extravaganza!

For children and families.
Location
Children's Services
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Monday, March 20, 2017
Time
4:15 PM - 5:00 PM
Description
"Paws" at the Library over spring break to read to furry, four-footed friends from Canine Connection.

For children in elementary school.
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Time
All Day - All Day
Description
Feeling creative? Come to the Library for our all day, drop-in craft extravaganza!

For children and families.
Location
Children's Services
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Time
All Day - All Day
Description
Feeling creative? Come to the Library for our all day, drop-in craft extravaganza!

For children and families.
Location
Children's Services
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Thursday, March 23, 2017
Time
All Day - All Day
Description
Feeling creative? Come to the Library for our all day, drop-in craft extravaganza!

For children and families.
Location
Children's Services
Library
The Urbana Free Library

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Welcome to 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten - a year-round reading program for children ages birth to five years. It's the fun, exciting, and free way to start children on the path to success.

One of the most reliable predictors of school success is being read to during early childhood. The Library would like to help support you as you prepare your child for kindergarten. Most importantly, sharing books with children promotes a lifelong love of books and reading.



Book prizes are funded by the Friends of The Urbana Free Library